Primarily grown in the Chinese province of Fujian, white tea is a lightly oxidized tea, coming from the delicate buds and younger leaves of the Chinese Camellia sinensis plant. The characteristic of the flavor of white tea is preserved by the white teas nature to wither in sunlight before being lightly and carefully processed to prevent oxidation. Tea has been used as medicine for centuries, and modern science is discovering and supporting these facts now more than ever. While green and black teas are incredibly healthy, white tea is the least processed tea and has the highest antioxidant levels.
White tea, being the most rare and sought after tea in the marketplace, is more often than not described as delicate, smooth, sweet and fresh. There were even ancient legends proposing that only virgins were able to harvest the plant with their soft and brittle fingers, so to not crush the delicate leaves and buds.
Due to its minimus processing, white tea is the most delicate of all teas. Its special characteristics have numerous health benefits and it contains three times the antioxidant properties of other types of teas. The antioxidants protect the body from damage by free radicals. Flavonoids inhibit the growth of cancer cells and work at preventing and developing of new cells.
Studies show that white tea can thin the blood and improve artery function. It helps lower high blood pressure and maintain a healthy one. By promoting strong and healthy blood vessels, white tea guards against the ravages of stroke.
By thinning the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol, white tea protects the heart and the entire circulatory system. Researchers have also discovered that people who drink 2 or more cups of tea a day are almost 50% less likely to die after suffering a heart attack. White tea is truly a remarkable heart tonic. What's not to love?
White tea contains small amounts of fluoride and other nutrients which keeps the teeth strong and healthy. It also kills the bacteria which cause plaque, tooth decay, and bad breath.
Free radicals from staying out in the sun too long, stress, and a poor diet can damage the skin and cause it to prematurely age. By scavenging these free radicals, white tea protects the skin and helps to reverse some of the damage. Drinking white tea promotes healthy and radiant skin.
White tea has many other benefits to offer. It may reduce blood sugar and help prevent and alleviate the symptoms of diabetes. It reduces stress and increases energy. Another popular use for white tea is its ability to aid with weight-loss, by encouraging the metabolism to increase and the body to burn unnecessary fat.
The manufacturing process of white tea could not be more simple and straightforward, especially in comparison to other teas. The process follow a set of simple procedures of firstly picking the fresh tea leaf, then witchering it, finally drying the tea by either air drying, solar drying or mechanical drying. The next step is to enjoy the best of both nature and science whilst calming your senses with this truly wonderful and magical product.
To enjoy white tea at it supremacy purified water is best, allow water to slightly cool after boiling to avoid 'cooking' the leaves. Steep the tea for 4-15 minutes, depending on the amount of tea compared to water and also to personal preference.